Hotels in Vietnam Part I

Royal Lotus Hotel Halong

Glory Legend Cruises

Ha Long Bay


Royal Lotus Hotel Halong

Majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious: words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.

Royal Lotus Hotel Halong is located in an ideal area: just opposite Halong Marine Plaza – the biggest shopping & entertainment complex of Quang Ninh province with ferris wheel, kids playground, cinema, night market, artificial beach… and only a few minutes within walking distance to central business of Halong. The hotel is located on Hung Thang main road with the view of clear bay and City in perfect harmony with nature. (Google Map)


Paloma Cruise

Royal Lotus Hotel Halong is managed by H&K Hospitality which is rapidly expanding Hotel Management company, Headquartered in Hanoi Vietnam, other offices in Ho Chi Minh city and Paris. The company currently manages a number of hotels in some locations of the country and provides hospitality operators with a firm understanding of the Asia Pacific hotels & resorts perspective on a strategic professional level.


Royal Lotus Hotel Halong offers a touch of Vietnamese hospitality with international standard and impeccable services. Boasting 147 elegant rooms with luxurious amenities and modern facilities, this Halong business hotel is the first choice for your accommodation in Halong, both business and leisure travelers alike.

This hotel in Halong provides the facilities such: In-door Swimming Pool, Bai BuaThai Spa, Fitness Center, Function Rooms and new Sky Bar opening in January 2015.

Dining in Halong is a delight with 3 restaurants in Halong to choose from, Wine Dine Lotus Vietnamese and International Restaurant and Hana Hana Japanese Restaurant. All located in Royal Lotus Hotel in Halong.

Paloma Cruise

Ha Long Bay

Paloma Cruise Halong is a traditional wooden junk that combines classic beauty with modern comfort in both design and decoration.
Come on board Paloma Cruise Halong Bay, you will have a chance to enjoy many interesting activities (cooking class, kayaking, swimming, Tai Chi lesson,…) as well as the glorious splendor of Halong Bay. We ensure our customers will have the most memorable vacation where your floating hotel takes you discover scenic wonders of the Bay. Halong Bay Paloma is is a unique cruising experience while you are in Halong Bay.
Good service is key. Therefore, we always want to hear from our customers so that we can improve our services and we really value their feedback. We built objective for the future is to continue to provide the best service and develop new products. When joining Paloma Cruise, we commit to provide the lowest rates with our “Best Rate Guarantee” and bring you the experiencing you expected. Join us, you will love the experience onboard Paloma Halong Cruise.

Royal Wings Cruise

Ha Long Bay

The Royal Wings – The signature of luxury makes concessions to the modern era by graceful and sophisticated in every detail. With our service philosophy “best of the best” in mind, we planned out a preliminary concept for an innovative, elegant, seaworthy, luxury and timeless cruise. The Royal Wings Cruise, a 5 stars standard vessel combining traditional oriental value and completely unique styles of modern luxury is the best choice to serve the upcoming travelers with the expectation of high-end facilities, professional services in Halong Bay, Vietnam. The Royal Wings Cruise will bring you the most comfortable by charming luxury of 20 spacious and ambitious art of designed cabins. Our goal is to provide you with a vacation of a lifetime!

Emeraude Cruise

Ha Long Bay

Stepping onto the Emeraude is as transporting as time travel. And the vessel’s history is as captivating as a fine old yarn.

The Postcard
In 1999, a young French entrepreneur Eric Merlin was rummaging in the St. Ouen flea market in Paris, looking – as was his habit – for anything old with links to Vietnam and Indochina. On this day, he found three postcards, dated 1916, 1917 and 1919. Two pictured paddle steamers in Halong Bay. A third showed a steamer at port in nearby Haiphong. A magnifying glass revealed the name of one of the vessels, the “Emeraude”.
For some time, the cards layin Eric’s desk in Paris. From time to time, he took them out and showed them to friends. He dreamed of finding the old vessels. Later, as those prospects dimmed, a new dream took sail. He’d rebuild one of the old paddle steamers. The vision was far more than mere homage. He planned to launch the boat on Halong Bay. The realisation would conjure not just a much missed means of transport but a lost era of glamour, romance and discovery.

In January 2003, with postcards as the only guide, he commissioned boat builders to bring back the Emeraude.
The Search
While the boat took shape in a shipyard, began a quest for more information. The search spanned continents and featured many false trails. Briefly, the boats were believed to have sailed between England and France as mail boats, a theory promoted by information on an Australian stamp club website. The British Maritime Museum dispelled that story.
Upon learning that many of Indochina’s historical documents ended up in an archive in Aix en Provence in the South of France, a school teacher was hired to carry on the search.
Soon, the information was coming in thick and fast. The Emeraude was part of a fleet managed by the barge and towing companySACRIC (Société Anonyme de Chalandage et Remorquage de l’Indo-Chine). Her owner was a Monsieur Paul Roque.
A French Telephone Directory provided a list of 1,220 Roques. A letter was sent to every one of them, telling them of Eric’s flea market find, enclosing a photocopy of the postcards and the question: ‘Are you the Roques we’re looking for?’ The call finally came. “Look no further,” the voice said. “I am the grandson of Paul Roque.”
Excited, Eric travelled to Paris as soon as he could. And there, right in the middle of the sizeable Roque family apartment, was a large antique model of The Emeraude. That wasn’t all. Among the many mementoes of a bygone colonial era was the original china from the boats. Silverware too. There was even a 100-year-old staff uniform.
The Roque Brothers
Paul Roque, who launched the Emeraude, was the second generation of his family in Indochina. Initially, there had been three adventuring brothers – Victor, Xavier and Henri – who embarked from Bordeaux in 1858.

After a stop in Manila, they movedonto Hong Kong where they established themselves as suppliers to the French Army. When the troops of Admiral Rigault de Genouilly took Saigon, they followed in 1860. Against this historic backdrop their empire grew. Sugar, opium, timber, public works, steamships. The list was long.

Now rich and famous, they were targeted by Chinese pirates. In 1890, the notorious Luu Ky and his men kidnapped and tortured two of the brothers. Paying the ransom meant selling off many of their assets and Victor, by this time 61, left for home near-bankrupt and in poor health.

Henry assumed control but was soon joined by Paul, son of Xavier. They scaled their business back to concentrate on the North and, in particular, Haiphong and Halong Bay.

There they had the idea to build a small fleet of five “paddle wheeler” ships that would double as cargo and cruise vessels. They’d be called – the Rubis, the Perle, the Saphir, the Onyx and the Emeraude.
Though down on their luck, the Roques invested heavily in the boats. They came to the conclusion, as Eric did almost a century later, that there was a market for a little luxury on Halong Bay.
So they ensured the boats had electric lights. They installed ventilation and refrigeration. They included darkrooms for the many photographers who were inspired by the scenery. And the Emeraude set sail.
Paul Roque returned to Paris in 1921, the last of his family to leave Asia after more than six decades. The Emeraude steamed on. Years later, on the evening of March 16, 1937, as the Emeraude was returning to Haiphong, she collided with a submerged rock. The collision ripped a large hole in the shell of the vessel and she quickly sank.
Incredibly, according to the police report, all those aboard were saved. However, the Emeraude was never recovered. Following their defeat at the decisive battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, the French finally left Vietnam andSACRIC folded. Paul Roque died in 1966. The French colonial era was over, and the Emeraude was at the bottom of the sea.
Emeraude was built locally in Haiphong to international standards but very much in keeping with the original design. In December 2003, the namesake of the glorious old vessel set sail. While the original was split between cargo and cruisers the new Emeraude is exclusively a leisure vessel. The paddle wheel at the back echoes the design of the original but is not used for propulsion. Instead it opens up to provide a swimming deck for passengers.
Since her launch until now the Emeraude has cruised the bay, providing travelers with an exceptional experience and a fascinating glimpse into the golden era of travel.

MK Premier Boutique Hotel


MK Premier Hotel combines traditional culture and modern design, hosting 65 rooms uniquely designed to give an unexpected experience to Hanoi and its visitors a dynamic and unforgettable hospitality experience. Ideally located at the heart of the beautiful and historic old quarter of Hanoi and Vietnam’s famous 36 streets, MK Premier hotel offers an atmosphere that is at once refined, remembered and inspires traditional Vietnamese style and old world sophistication.
Our aim is to give a precious gift to “you” our guests: be part of the pride of our past and history in a unique designed environment, giving the exclusive occasion to discover a new reading of Vietnam’s traditional hospitality.
Come, Let’s Stay in Hanoi with her Legend

Boss Legend Hotel


Newly open in July 2014, the Boss Legend is the only hotel located in the Old Quarter that has an authentic outdoor swimming pool. Our services include banquet for parties and meetings/events, as well as a gym, a sauna and other massage services. It is truly a first rate choice for both leisure and business travelers. Guests can enjoy its great location, exceptional service, well-appointed 80 Suites and a Presidential Suite. Our hotel provides convenient access to famous attractions such as Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Thang Long Water Puppet theatre as well as the Long Bien historical bridge or Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Chalcedony Hotel


CHALCEDONY HOTEL is located in center of the Hanoi Old Quarter close to Hang Than Street, Van Xuan Park, overlooking down to West Lake, the Old Long Bien bridge and Red River as well. Moreover, with lesser than 10 minutes walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and 3 minutes to Dong Xuan central market, you can have easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites around Old Quarter of Hanoi.

With totals of 73 spacious rooms with 16 stories featuring air-conditioning central controlled. Contemporary designed with luxurious beech wood, soft leather upholstery and woollen carpets. All the guestrooms are elegant and featuring LCD TV screen, tea and coffee facilities, mini-bar, multi channels satellite television, IDD telephone, combination shower/bathtub, hairdryer, remote control air conditioning, writing desk, and safety boxes. Wifi internet is available at lobby, business center and ADSL in all rooms are freely provided to in-house guest.

Melia Hanoi Hotel


Beautifully located in the heart of Vietnam’s capital, Meliá Hanoi welcomes all who are looking for splendid accommodation, first-class facilities, and warm service.

Luxurious rooms and a wide array of facilities, from a state-of-the-art business center to an outdoor swimming pool, make the hotel a perfect choice for business or leisure. The Meliá Hanoi also offers diners a world of culinary delights to explore, from the international themed buffets of El Patio to the local flavors of El Oriental.

Strategically located in Hanoi, the hotel stands a short distance from many key districts and major attractions such as the Hanoi Opera House, Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Celebrating the nation’s rich culture and traditions, including the natural wonder of Ha Long Bay, the hotel’s tour desk offers guests many ways to explore Vietnam.

With spectacular views in every room, dedicated staff, and outstanding facilities, the Meliá Hanoi is perfect for anyone looking to melt the city’s hustle and bustle away and experience the ultimate in rest and relaxation.

Apricot Hotel


Set by the fabled ‪‎Hoan Kiem Lake, ‪‎Apricot Hotel is bound to transport you back and forth between ‪‎Hanoi’s glamourous past and its modernity. Inspired by classic French architecture mixed with ‪‎Vietnamese art, Apricot makes for your exquisite home away from home in the capital city of Vietnam.


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